Airbnb Plus’ Risky Bet to Push Homesharing to a New Level

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An Airbnb Plus host in her home in San Francisco. In February, Airbnb officially launched Airbnb Plus, a new tier of vetted and verified homes. Airbnb

Skift Take: If Airbnb is successful with Airbnb Plus, it will ensure that alternative accommodations are no longer seen as an alternative. But making it a success will be easier said than done.

— Deanna Ting

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Skift Forum Europe Preview: Hotelbeds CEO on Becoming No. 1 in Bedbanks Sector

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Joan Vilà, executive chairman of Hotelbeds Group. The company recently sold one of business units to TUI Group. Hotelbeds Group

Skift Take: Business-to-business platforms are largely invisible to the traveling public but they have a big role to play behind the scenes. Hotelbeds Group sees an opportunity to consolidate within the sector.

— Patrick Whyte

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Cities Take Baby Steps to Address Overtourism This Summer

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Barcelona and other cities don’t want another summer of anti-tourism protests. Pictured are tourists on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Mark_M / Flickr

Skift Take: It took years for overtourism to happen in some destinations and the problem won’t be solved overnight or this year. But to start, destinations could begin paying tourism workers more fairly and give locals more access to programs and services that tourism revenue supposedly helps to fund.

— Dan Peltier

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3 Big Challenges Cruise Lines Still Have to Overcome in China

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Golden Era, the ship that sails for SkySea Cruises, is shown in port in Jeju, South Korea, in 2016. The cruise line will stop operating by the end of the year. SkySea Cruises

Skift Take: China has been full of ups and downs as the cruise industry has grown its presence in the market. Identifying the cause of the downs — and taking steps to manage the factors that can be controlled — should help operators find stability.

— Hannah Sampson

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Expedia Tweaks Its Name and 10 Other Digital Trends This Week

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Mark Okerstrom, CEO of Expedia Group, whose name was recently tweaked to better reflect its variety of brands. Adam Shane Productions

Skift Take: This week in digital news, the big online travel agencies are deciding what’s best for their futures. Expedia changed its name, slightly, to better reflect that the parent company is more than just Expedia.com. Meanwhile, Priceline’s name-your-own-price feature is on the outs.

— Sarah Enelow

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Evolution of the Hotel Front Desk and 8 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

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A hotel front desk in Houston, Texas, taken on September 14, 2017. The front desk often feels like an antique setup, yet it’s evolving along with technology. Rob Albright / Flickr

Skift Take: This week in hospitality, hotels evaluate the advantages of the private club model, and don’t miss our new deep dive on the tech-driven evolution of the outdated hotel front desk.

— Sarah Enelow

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